Te Dirty Lie
A Memoir o Farming, Food, and Love
“Tis book is the story o the two love afairs that interrupted the trajec-tory o my lie: one with arming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating armer.”
Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City,Kristin Kimball was living lie as an adventure. But she was begin-ning to eel a sense o longing or a amily and or home. When sheinterviewed a dynamic young armer, her world changed. Kristinknew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs andcattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, i not yet inlove, she shed her city sel and moved to ve hundred acres nearLake Champlain to start a new arm with him.
Te Dirty Lie
is thecaptivating chronicle o their rst year on Essex Farm, rom thecold North Country winter through the ollowing harvest season—complete with their wedding in the lot o the barn.Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything neededto eed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, andit worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred peopletravel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share o the “wholediet”—bee, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, ours,dried beans, herbs, ruits, and orty diferent vegetables—producedby the arm. Te work is done by drat horses instead o tractors,and the ertility comes rom compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptionso landscape, ood, cooking—and marriage—are irresistible.